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ERIC Number: EJ720898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Life after Death in Poverty: David Treuer's "Little"
Stirrup, David
American Indian Quarterly, v29 n3-4 p651-672 Sum-Fall 2005
David Treuer's debut novel, "Little" (1995), is set on a Minnesota reservation, centering around a dilapidated housing tract that its small community of residents call "Poverty." Aptly named both for the condition and background of the housing, this name is the first pointer to the type of multifaceted reading that the novel merits. This essay will sketch some of the various potential readerly interpretations of this novel's content, illustrating both culture-specific and "literary" angles, and looking directly at the relationship between Little's characterization and the narrative. This essay is not intended to challenge the fundamental tenet of Treuer's essay, but rather to offer a double-stranded reading that engages with the teasing of disclosure and refusal, negotiating those aspects of the novel that do invite a cultural reading, while illustrating the ways in which the novel's "artistry" works to close down such inclusions. The observations delineated in this paper will draw selectively on the work of Native American scholars, cultural anthropologists, and social commentators in an attempt to trace both those local "clues" toward cultural specificity and the broader thematic embrace--both literary and cultural--of the novel's subject matter. (Contains 48 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota